April certainly hasn't begun in a spring-like fashion. Winter continues to prevail with snow depth still between 30 and 35 cm in most of Winnipeg. In addition, temperatures plummeted to -19.0°C yesterday at the airport, the coldest temperature in April since 1997. These cold temperatures are expected to continue until at least the middle of next week with still a few more nights of lows in the minus teens and highs struggling to exceed far above zero. A few brief and minor warm ups are expected here and there, however these will be accompanied by chances for snowfall.
The first chance for snow will be tomorrow with a clipper system, however the bulk is expected to remain north of southern Manitoba. Temperatures will rise a couple degrees above zero therefore a few showers may even occur in the afternoon. Depending on when the precipitation, if any, falls, brief freezing rain could be possible.
A more interesting system is setting up for Friday night into Saturday. As of now, most guidance points at the bulk of the snowfall sliding south of southeastern Manitoba, scraping southwestern Manitoba. As much as 10 to 20 cm of ''this white stuff'' (after such a long winter, I have enough of the word snow!) could fall in the heaviest hit regions. However, things can still change considering it's still 3-4 days away... Either way, the added precipitation, whether it falls in North Dakota or Manitoba, will definitely not help the flood situation.
As for the glimmer of hope I hinted at in the title. Models are currently anticipating a pattern-change beginning sometime next week. The AO is predicted to switch to strongly positive (as seen in the image below) by late next week. I wont say this is a sure guaranteed sign that spring may finally be our doorstep, but it certainly is a first signal at some change. I'll be sure to let you know when it becomes more certain! I don't know about you, but I am itching for some warmer weather!